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Shay drops smashing new single, Bala Bala

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Hip-Hop enthusiast and rapper Motswasejane Phongula Dinonyane also known as ‘Shay’ joined forces with his friend and fellow rapper Junior to bring another smash track to Botswana’s airwaves titled Bala Bala. Shay noted that the single speaks to the “noise” he has been hearing around the hip-hop genre of late. “Being a (hip-hop) purist, this has both hurt and annoyed me and I felt something must be said or done. I would like for the local (hip-hop) scene to get back to rapping as that was and still should be what BW Hip Hop is known for.

The song speaks to all those watering down and butchering the art form I have been in love with for more years than I care to remember,” he said. Having worked on his solo project for the past year, Shay is poised to release a collage of music, which has seen him collaborate across different genres. Some of the names he features on the project are, Mpho Sebina, Zuziwe Mavuma, Snubby Nub, Mix’Loso, The Black Bowties, Junior and Blain to name few.

Shay has been rapping since the age of 10. He has been a member of a few groups over the years such as Youngcanny Sess AKA Sess Kids, which was the brother group to the Uncanny Sessmen, which comprised of respected local rappers. He later partnered with Blain to form the rap duo Blain and Shay, to release a mixtape dubbed Favorite Strangers in 2011.

Their lead and hit single Victory Lap, to date still enjoys airplay on local radio stations. The Victory Lap hitmaker, dedicated the last few years to working on his solo project titled OK The EP, contributing to his peers’ projects and recording songs with a bunch of local artists. Shay noted that he needed to rediscover who he was , as an artiste. “I feel with the project I have recorded, I am well on my way to self-discovery, at least as far as my music is concerned,” he said. Shay grown from strength to strength and he is ready to deliver another hit single.

The song will be available on local radio stations as well for sale on online stores such iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, eMusic, Simfy, Deezer, Rhapsody, X-Box Live, MixRadio, MUVE Music and others.

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CHARMA GAL DROPS NEW ALBUM

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GOING PLACES:The singer has a new offering

CharmaGal is back with a bang. After a hiatus, following her hit Jabu last year, she has released an all Setswana thriller album just in time for festive.

The local music sensational is back into her stardom feat, the album brings yet another set of tracks in her 8-track album titled Lekgamu la bananyana. Touch Records in Gaborone officially released the album this past week.

During a media brief held at Botswana Craft in Gaborone this past week, CharmaGal revealed that she has been working hard on the album thus having high expectations on it. According to Charma, Lekgamu la bananyana is a notch high than her previous music deliverables.

Speaking to Vibe a day before boarding a plane to the United Kingdom where she was performing alongside South Africa’s BabesWodumo, she said that what makes her unique is staying to her craft. The Mmokolodi hit-maker said that it is giving what you are to the people that then opportunities arise for artists.

“People need to stay true to their uniqueness, this new album represent my style of delivering music, that represents my key and my melody that is why it is easy for people to react to it,” shared CharmaGal.

She also said that piracy is a concern in the music fraternity, adding that she has targets she has set for herself in regards to the number of copies she wants to sell on the album. “New technology remains a mystery for us artists, in a day after the release of the album, people will be she sharing out the music through Whatsapp and other social media networks and that is amazing.”

Meanwhile, a week after the release of the album, track 3, dubbed Banyana, is driving CharmaGal fans crazy. The song has already been played on various radio stations in the country. In the song, CharmaGal says that she does not need to get to work because she has hangover garnered from the weekend. **The album is available at most music stores.

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Shamele drops solo kwaito offering

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omolemo Thepa aka Shamele says kwaito music has taken out the artiste in him and he plans to elevate the genre as time goes. The 27-year-old recently released his first-ever solo single dubbed, ‘Dula S’tilo’.

He tells Vibe that the new single was actually written to honour the president of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi as he sat on the presidency throne. He explains that he has been in the music industry for the past six years, featuring other artistes but decided to [produce his solo work this year.

“I have written this song and composed it to dedicate it to Masisi as a way of welcoming him to his new position,” he says.Shamele is confident that having worked with a variety of well-established artistes has given him light and direction to grow the Kwaito genre. Asked why he chose Kwaito of all other genres, he said that Kwaito is unstoppable and just needs nurturing.

“I found Kwaito in existence when I was growing up, and I have never come across any boring rhythm of Kwaito music. It is just unstoppable and thus, I want to be associated to it.”
He also shares with Vibe that local talent kept him motivated to also have a dream of becoming a solo artiste.

“The Real Magosi group inspired me to be where I am today together with all the local artistes in general because I embrace local music.” Shamele further says that he takes pride in the fact that he has already performed his song in the president’s presence recently in Moshupa at an event.

He also appreciates the positive feedback that he already has on his new work. Dula S’tilo currently enjoys airplay at Duma Fm, RB1 and RB2. The single was produced at True-African Studios. Shamele says that at the moment, he is focused on building his brand and give his fans and the local music industry the best.

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